Comelec warns barangays on poll expense sharing

LAWYER Jessie Suarez, provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) supervisor, warned barangays that would not allocate funds for its share on election expenses shall face charges.

Suarez said that under Comelec Resolution No. 9739, entitled "In the Matter of Collecting the Shares of Barangays to Augment the Funds to be Used for the Conduct of 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Election," all local government units (LGU) are required to set aside amounts for next month's electoral process.

Suarez said that such amount, however, shall in no case be less than P10,000, but not more than 10 percent of the general funds of the barangays that have been set aside for the SK.

Failure of the barangay to follow the Comelec resolution will be considered as an "election offense," he said. Suarez said only few barangay officials may not be aware of such election guidelines.

The resolution further states that any and all amounts forwarded to the Comelec pursuant to this resolution shall be used primarily to defray the expenses of the board of election tellers, particularly, their transportation allowance in the amount of P500, each, and for their additional honoraria, trainings and meetings.
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